It was only when I was working on a blanket for a particular yarn company and found mistakes in the pattern (which I pointed out to them), that I first came across the term 'tech editor' .
'Oh thanks so much' they said, 'We have been looking for a crochet tech editor for all the patterns in this book but we are having difficulty finding one... do you know any?'
Woah - LIGHTBULB moment.........
I found out the basics of what a tech editor does and thought to myself 'I really could do that - this is what I have been looking for!'
I did some more research and found that there was nobody out there who could really teach me about tech editing. So I decided to contact the yarn company and after a long chat with them we agreed that I would do some sample edits for them for free and if they were happy they would use me as a tech editor for this initial small publication.
THAT WAS IT... I was off ... but not yet running !
The rate was small initially and believe me when I say there was not much help available at that time, but despite that, I knew it was something I could do well. As I improved and got more confident, I secured more clients and after a long, steep learning curve I had created the business I always wanted.
Fast forward a few years...
I ditched my 9-5 in the IT industry and am now fully employed with my tech editing and training business and I have not looked back since.
Remember when I said there was not much help available when I started out.
Well that is about to change for you.....